destructive metabolism

destructive metabolism
noun
breakdown in living organisms of more complex substances into simpler ones together with release of energy
Syn: ↑catabolism, ↑katabolism, ↑dissimilation
Ant: ↑anabolism (for: ↑catabolism)
Derivationally related forms: ↑catabolic (for: ↑catabolism), ↑katabolic (for: ↑catabolism), ↑catabolize (for: ↑catabolism)
Hypernyms: ↑organic process, ↑biological process
Part Holonyms: ↑metabolism, ↑metabolic process

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